Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) president Hal Halpin recently sat down with Destructoid to talk about the dangers consumers face at the hands of corporate interests and by politicians creating new regulations and laws that stifle free speech and invade our privacy. We'll update our story later when the full interview goes live, but this quote from Halpin deals specifically with the issue of CISPA and laws like it:
"As witnessed with SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and now CISPA," says Halpin, "the movement by trade associations which represents the rights of companies in the movie, music, and games sectors is persistent and well-funded."
As a reader of GP you are probably well aware of all the things the ECA has been doing to fight bills like CISPA, SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, but if you haven't been paying attention and haven’t taken the time to contact your elected representative in Washington, you can get an education at theeca.com/Digital_Rights.
Now is really the time to do something about CISPA, because the bill – or one like it – is going to be voted on by the Senate soon. If it passes through the Senate (a different bill might be put up similar to CISPA) and is reconciled with the House's version, then we won't have any power to stop it. At that point we will have to hope that the White House keeps its promise to veto the bill, or that one of the many parties that oppose it go to court to get it struck down…
[Full disclosure: GamePolitics is an ECA publication.]